Fonds 2009/13; 72/237; 2013/7 - Dept. of National Defence fonds

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Dept. of National Defence fonds

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CA ON00093 2009/13; 72/237; 2013/7

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  • 1950-1998 (Creation)
    Canada. Dept. of National Defence

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252 microfiches
4.5 cm of textual records

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The Dept. of National Defence (DND) was created in 1923 when the Department of Naval Services, the Department of Militia and Defence, and the Air Board amalgamated into one body. The creation of DND brought the Army, Navy, Air Force and Militia together in one department, although each maintained separate headquarters. After the Second World War however, DND was brought together under a single minister, and in 1964, the Chief of Defence Staff was created to act as the head of the military in Canada. In 1968, the Army, Navy and Air Force were brought together as the Canadian Armed Forces, and in 1972 DND reorganized to merge the civilian and military branches in the National Defence Headquarters (NDHQ).

Custodial history

The file 2013/7 had been passed to Lt(N) Delaney by Pat Barnhouse, member of the Canadian Naval Technical History Association who received it from an unnamed engineer colleague.

Scope and content

Fonds consists of microfiche documenting army pensions and those affected by mustard gas during the Second World War. Includes a file (2013/7) of textual records which outline the organizational structure and describe the chain of command of National Defence Headquarters, as well as a classified file (72/237) entitled “Summary of Allocation of Establishments by Command/Branch as of 1 Apr 73”. Also contains numerous National Defence news releases from 1996 to 1998. There are three series:
I. Army Pensions and Related Documentation (1950-1995) (2009/13, 72/237)
II. National Defence Headquarters Chain of Command (1972-1991) (2013/7)
III. National Defence News Releases (1996-1998) (2009/13)

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The immediate source of acquisition for Series I is unknown. Series 2 was received on 6 May 2013 from Lt(N) Jason Delaney of DHH2 Naval History Team. Series III was received on 17 January 2014 from Andrea Belanger, Head Librarian of the Office of the Judge Advocate General.


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  • English

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Fonds is predominantly English but includes bilingual items and newspaper articles written in French.

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Some microfiche are classified.
File 72/237 is Secret.
The remainder of the fonds is unclassified.

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Copies of the finding aid are located in the first file of the fonds and in the Reading Room of the Directorate of History and Heritage (DHH). Electronic copies are also available.

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No further accruals are expected.

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Files 72/237 and 2013/7 are filed separately in its original location in the Document Collection.

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